Organization: Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition
Message from Commissioner General
It is a tale which began in Greece some seven hundred years before our era. The Greek cities jealous, ambitious, and aggressive – at regular intervals declared a one year’s truce to go to Olympia and render homage to the gods, by presenting offerings – vases, arms, fineries, statues – which, exhibited for all to see, enabled every – one to realize the degree of civilization attained by each of them.
The Amphictyonies were the first international world exhibitions.
The great tragedies were played there, of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides. The most beautiful poems were heard. The athletes at the stadium were admired.
Thus were born the first Olympic Games.
Since then, the world has grown prodigiously, become diversified and enriched by the research and the discoveries of Man. Civilization has crossed the bounds of the Mediterranean, to spread over the vast magnitude of the planet.
It has become increasingly difficult – and ever more necessary to compare and to know, which explains why exhibitions have acquired new scales of values. The London and Paris exhibitions of the last century revealed the Industrial Revolution. But what was this – compared to the changes which science and technique have brought to collective and individual life in our time?
The Montreal Universal and International Exhibition’s aim is to provide an explanation of the world we live in to each and everyone of its visitors, so that they may realize that we are all jointly and severally answerable for and to each other, and that what divides men is infinitely less important than that which links them together.
For visiting our Exhibition, the ideal would be to do so accompanied by one of our hostesses; this, however, is unfortunately not possible. Which does not stop them from being available to all visitors to provide any information they may request. But this Guide we have put together is – minus a smile – as precious a companion; first during the visit, and then -recalling what will have been understood and admired. It will be proof for future generations that-in this year of Canada’s Centennial – we strove with all our might to prepare for them a future of happiness, prosperity and freedom.
Ambassador and Commissioner General
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